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Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Geoffrey Kaye oral history

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Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit




The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History presents new exhibition across three platforms: a physical exhibition, an accompanying book, and an online exhibition. 


Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit looks at historical accounts of anaesthetists in conflict, as well as presenting first-person accounts from more contemporary conflicts, such as the Gulf War and Afghanistan.


The online exhibition Trailblazers & Peacekeepers was launched at the ANZCA annual scientific meeting in Adelaide on May 2, 2015. 


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. April 25, 1916 was the first ANZAC Day, a day which has been set aside ever since to remember Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in conflict zones.

Australian and New Zealand doctors have administered anaesthesia in every major conflict since the Boer War and, from the time anaesthesia became a specialty, there have been specialist anaesthetists in the Defence Forces. We are extremely proud of these men and women – those who have served and those who continue to provide care today in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.


To order a copy of the Trailblazers and Peacekeepers book, please complete this form and forward to the Museum.


Trailblazers review

Rebecca Lush is masters of museum and heritage studies student at the University of Sydney. Rebecca was required to review an online exhibition for an assignment.


Here's what she thought of Trailblazers & Peacekeepers.




After a six-month closure for relocation and redevelopment of the exhibition, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History was re-opened by the Victorian Health Minister David Davis on September 19, 2014.


The exhibition space in the historic Ulimaroa is a central part of the newly developed ANZCA Knowledge Centre, which includes the ANZCA Library and Fellows and Trainees Room.


The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential.


If you have any questions or to arrange a visit, please email:



Museum media

Read about the museum in The Age article Anaesthetic museum won't put you to sleep published on Saturday September 20, 2014.


Hear Honorary Curator Dr Christine Ball explain the history of the use of nitrous oxide to The Age


Watch an interview with Geoffrey Kaye.  In this 2014 abridged version of the original 1983 interview, Dr Geoffrey Kaye discusses with Dr John Paull some of the highlights of his career.


Phone: +61 3 8517 5309



Museum collection

The museum houses a vast collection and has made some images and information available to the public via Victorian Collections. To see the museum’s collection please visit the Victorian Collections website.


If you are interested in donating to the museum, please read Donating objects to the museum or contact the museum via email or telephone +61 3 8517 5309



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